KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Local businesses are being forced to change the way they operate as fear of the spread of COVID-19 grows across the country.
On Tuesday morning, Agri Feed Pet Supply in West Knoxville was bustling with activity.
One by one, tractor-trailers arrived carrying loads of feed, farm supplies, and hope.
One of those trucks driven by Chris Melton, owner of Melton Hauling out of Nashville, excited for the boom in business.
“Business is booming…we deliver all the Purina feed to all the stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, northern Alabama and Mississippi,” said Melton.
Truck drivers working to keep up with the growing demand to keep the food chain going.
“The grain trucks are running, the ingredients are still making it to the mills, and the trucks are still running,” said Melton.
Trucking companies are classified as an essential business not affected by “stay at home” orders across the country.
This is welcome news from business owners like Britt Sturm, a third-generation owner and vice president of Agri Feed.
The store, open for more than 40 years, is working to change its operation.”We now have delivery, online ordering, and a drive-thru system,” said Sturm.
Sturm adding his business is also doing very well, and he is thankful for the community support.
He adds his company is doing everything he can to keep people safe and healthy.
“The good Lord has blessed us, we’re going to get food to the dealers and we’ll get it out to the customers as fast as we can,” said Melton.
Both business owners want customers to remember not to panic, the supply chain is not broken, and they are working to serve customers as best as they can, for as long as they can.
- Coronavirus Timeline: Total COVID-19 cases near 175K, deaths now stand at 2,097 in the state
- CHART: Tennessee Department of Health’s count of coronavirus cases by day in state
- Greene County mayor extends mask mandate through September 30
- Video and pictures of packed house party near KU campus spark concern as virus cases rise
- Tennessee Coronavirus: Two weeks into September, state has seen a 12.48% increase in COVID-19 cases and a 19.56% increase in deaths
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County reports smallest 1-day increase in new cases so far in September
- Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial
- Tennessee Coronavirus: Total COVID-19 cases reach 171,824 with 933 new cases reported Sunday
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Inactive cases rise by 204 as Knox County reports 121 new cases & no new deaths
- As Trump played down virus, health experts’ alarm grew
- Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules
- Tennessee Coronavirus: COVID-19 deaths hit 2,064 with 39 new ones reported Saturday
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Inactive cases rise by 229 as Knox County reports 189 new cases & 3 new deaths
- As restaurants, bars re-open amid coronavirus, CDC study urges caution
- Ohio college students test positive for coronavirus, throw party